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A 29 year old belgian who likes Mountain Dew, Girl Scout Cookies, Tim Hortons French Vanilla Flavoured Cappucinno, Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian women, Magners Cider, chocolate chipped cookies and Perl. Likes snowboarding, snorkling, sailing and silence. Bach can really cheer him up! He still misses his dog.

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In his superhero time (8.30 AM to 5.30 PM), he works on world peace.

Journal of Beatnik (493)

Monday July 23, 2007
05:09 PM

Airport

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My girlfriend is afraid of flying. She has never flown before but still.. Just thinking about flying makes here palms sweaty and her heartbeat rise. She had never seen an airplane up close or an idea what the inside looked like, no clue how the check-in works, how landing or taking off feels like. YAPC::Eu is some weeks away but she's been nervous ever since I told her we were going by airplane. In an attempt to calm her down a bit, we stopped by the airport on Sunday. It was the same airport as the one we'll use when we fly next month. I pointed out the different areas, the bulletin board, check-in desk, customs and gestured towards the tax-free terminal behind the customs desk. We stopped by the restaurant that has good view of the tarmac. Seeing how big/small an aircraft actually is, what the take-off angle and the landing angle is and how long it takes, hopefully calmed her down a bit.
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  • People who are afraid of flying amaze me. If you're that scared of transport, why on earth would you ever set foot inside a car? They're far more dangerous by several orders of magnitude…
    • My girlfriends philosophy: you can stop a car anytime you want it and get out. Confined spaces tend to get her nervous.
      • My philosophy is that the damage done to me in an accident varies in proportion to the energy released in the accident, and that the kinetic energy in a moving object varies quadratically in proportion to the speed of the object, and that planes move significantly faster than cars, and that the potential energy stored in an object varies in proportion to the height of the object, and that planes are significantly higher than automobiles.

        True, you have to consider the chances of the negative outcome actual

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        J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Airports are a whole new world of hate. I like flying. I hate airports. The fact that I need to spend three hours going through a grimy airport and having my shoes, belt, etc removed in some craptaculous display of security theatre really puts me off. I can't imagine why.
          • Actually once I got used to them I learned to love them. :)

            --
            J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • However the probability of a fatal collision in mid-air is… uh… remote. Rarely does a plane do 900km/h in circumstances where it might crash into things. Most crashes occur at speeds closer to 200-300km/h, which isn’t terribly much faster than a car speeding on a motorway.

          • Most crashes occur at speeds closer to 200-300km/h, which isn’t terribly much faster than a car speeding on a motorway.
            It depends on how fast you tend to drive.
          • I did address the fact that the risk is remote. But I was thinking more of a collision with the ground than a collision with another plane. The risk there is remote, too, but greater than the risk you're talking about.

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            J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
            • That’s just what I was talking about: for a crash at really high speeds you’d need a mid-air collision, but most plane crashes are onto ground and occur at speeds that aren’t that far removed from a highway car crash’s.

              • Okay, you're talking about the following two possibilities:

                • mid-air collision: extraordinarily small possibility, high speed
                • ground crash near takeoff and land: small possibility, small speed

                I'm talking about this possibility:

                • plane falls out of sky from high altitude

                Small possibility, high speed.

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                J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
      • Yes, but so can any other muppet in a car stop yours.